Some housecleaning and preventative maintenance tasks only need to be done once or twice a year. The problem is that we forget to do them once or twice a year.
Or else, we tend to save it all for spring cleaning - which makes spring cleaning such a daunting chore that it doesn’t occur, either.
The best plan is to break annual and seasonal preventative maintenance and housecleaning tasks down by month and create a house cleaning schedule from there.
Here’s the house cleaning checklist that has worked best for me in November.
Cleaning kitchen cabinets and drawers at least once a year is a very good idea. Unless, of course, you'd welcome an extended visit by ants or other insects.
And while you're at it, check for expired food, and throw
out foods that your kids will never eat, no matter how hungry.
Clean, paper and reorganize all kitchen drawers. Bring to the fore utensils you will need for holiday baking and cooking.
Ha ha! That’s a good one! But seriously, clean the oven.
Clean under and behind the fridge. And while you’re in the neighborhood, strip off the six-month’s accumulation of art and notes from the fridge door. Wash it and leave it bare for a change. (Well, at least till Friday.)
Change the filter.
Clean the entry closet and put in extra hangers for winter coats. Make sure the guest bathroom is clean and well-stocked.
Call carpet cleaning companies now to get estimates for cleaning stains you can't remove yourself. These tips for hiring a carpet cleaning service can help.
Get them to do upholstery cleaning, too. You’ll probably get a package deal.
Clean your major appliances – washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, etc. They’ll all function more efficiently and you'll save money on your utility bills.
Update your contact list while you’re sending or e-mailing out the holiday cards. See all 12 monthly home maintenance checklists here.
Ready to get started? Visit the Clean Organized Home Store for the products and tools you'll need for the dirty jobs ahead this month.